Autumn Gem Preview App for iPad

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Autumn Gem Preview for the iPad is available on the App Store!

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Experience the amazing story of the “Chinese Joan of Arc,” Qiu Jin, a real-life woman warrior who defied tradition to become the leader of a revolutionary army against the corrupt Qing Dynasty. Qiu Jin boldly challenged traditional gender roles and redefined what it meant to be a woman in early 20th-century China.

Note: Due to the size of this application, we recommend that you download Autumn Gem Preview on a WiFi connection or from iTunes.

About the Film

AUTUMN GEM: A Documentary on Modern China’s First Feminist explores the extraordinary life of Qiu Jin (1875 – 1907). A passionate advocate for women’s rights, Qiu Jin dedicated herself to the fight for equality. She was the first woman to lead an armed uprising against the imperial dynasty. Captured before she could carry out the plot, she was accused of treason and executed, becoming the first female martyr for China’s modern revolutionary cause. Qiu Jin is celebrated as a national heroine in China today.

Using scholar interviews, archival materials, and dramatic recreation scenes based on her original writings, AUTUMN GEM brings the story of Qiu Jin to life. The hour-long film was produced and directed by two San Francisco Bay Area Chinese American filmmakers, Rae Chang and Adam Tow. It stars former China National Martial Arts Champion and Hollywood stunt actress Li Jing.

About the App

Using selected video clips, archival materials, and interactive features, Autumn Gem Preview introduces you to this fascinating figure through an extensive trailer of the film.

On the home screen are three Chinese characters: Woman, Sword and Country. Tapping on each character will take you to a different section of Qiu Jin’s life.

Learn about the oppressive conditions imposed upon women during Qiu Jin’s time and her struggle to break free of them. Follow her path from childhood as a privileged daughter of an official’s family, to a young woman forced into the traditional roles of marriage and motherhood, to her rejection of those roles and her transformation into a radical women’s rights advocate.

See how she became involved in a rebellious plot to overthrow the last dynasty in China. Use your fingers to control Qiu Jin as she trains in martial arts to prepare herself for battle.

Tap to buy the AUTUMN GEM DVD and learn more about Qiu Jin on the official AUTUMN GEM web site.

Autumn Gem Preview provides a unique experience that introduces you to the compelling story of modern China’s first feminist.


Autumn Gem Preview was developed in concert with Ivan Torres and Dominic Tham from XBureau during the inaugural iPadDevCamp in 2010. In true BarCamp tradition, we met randomly on the first night of iPadDevCamp. Over the next two days, we developed a working prototype that won the Promote-A-Book Future of Publishing award at the conference! XBureau then polished the app in the ensuing two months prior to its release on the App Store on June 19, 2010.

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